Las Vegas Metro police released body camera footage from a deadly officer-involved shooting that "paints a picture of the dangers these officers dealt with that day."
Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly, of Las Vegas Metro police, held a press conference Monday to brief the media on the July 11 officer-involved shooting that left one suspect injured and another dead.
About two hours after a man was shot and killed near Eastern and Owens, officers attempted to stop the suspect's vehicle but they did not comply. Officers followed the suspects, exchanging gunfire until the suspects crashed into a wall at Hollingworth Elementary School.
Kelly said one suspect, identified as Rene Nunez, 30, got out of the vehicle and ran up the stairs to the school. The door to the school was locked. The suspect in the passenger seat, identified as Fidel Miranda, 23, moved to the driver's seat and started to move the vehicle back towards the officer's car.
“Regarding shooting at or from a moving vehicle, our policy reads in part, it is policy of this department that officers will not discharge a firearm at or from a moving vehicle unless it is absolutely necessary to preserve human life," Kelly said.
“In my opinion, they show a level of bravery, professionalism, heroics, that we come to expect of our officers. The officer could have backed off but he didn’t, he stuck with that individual knowing what type of individual he was dealing with.”
Officer Paul Solomon fired one round from a shotgun at Miranda. He was placed in handcuffs, provided medical attention but was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.
Nunez, who was also injured in the shooting with police, was arrested and taken to University Medical Center for treatment, Kelly said.
Kelly said the suspects fired 34 rounds at officers. Officer William Umana fired 31 rounds at the suspects and Solomon fired one round.
Both suspects have a lengthy criminal history, Kelly said. Miranda has been convicted for felon and conspiracy to commit robbery. He was previously arrested for robbery, kidnapping, grand larceny auto, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, narcotics and more. If he survived the incident he would have been charged with murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, attempt murder with a deadly weapon on a protected person, discharge of a firearm from a moving vehicle, and ex-felon in possession of a firearm.
Nunez is a three-time convicted felon, Kelly said. His arrest history includes robbery with a deadly weapon, robbery and grand larceny auto. Kelly said he is facing several charges including open murder with a deadly weapon, attempt murder with a deadly weapon on a protected person, discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Kelly said the body camera footage showed a level of bravery and heroics. "The officer could have backed off, but he didn't."
Both officers were placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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